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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

For more you can go here:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

To purchase a copy try these links:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Friday, March 06, 2009

ERETZEL, by Willam McGrath


CFRB welcomes you once again to their site for this month's Tag Team Tour. This month we tour ERETZEL, by William McGrath. A tag team tour means that something will be posted every day during the week of March 1st, but it's up to you to find those posts. To help you out we've listed a number of button links at the bottom of this post to help get you around. You may get to a site early and find them posting on something else, which is fine. Take a look around. You might just like what you see. You may even find that more than one site is posting on some days. If you're real lucky you'll stumble across both a review and an interview. The idea is to get you to do the searching. You'll be glad you did.

ERETZEL, by William McGrath - Valley of the Shadow of Death. (Warning-Spoiler) There comes a point when Simon, Moor and Daniel set out from Sela on a special mission. On the way, however, Daniel rides into battle against a band of thieves. The end result is a trip and tour of the hereafter, beginning with a fall into a river and then a tour of what we would call Hell. McGrath defines the place as having special levels and areas for each sin committed, and all of these were slowly moving towards Gehenna, the abyss, the bottom of which was a lake of fire. Now whether or not Hell is going to look like this is purely speculation. I doubt that just as we cannot adequatel understand or describe the glory and wonders of Heaven, neither can we understand nor describe the horror of Hell. He makes one interesting statement that may well be true, although I for one do not wish to go there and check out the accuracy of this. Daniel is told hat in many cases the condemned torture themselves beyond what any demon could do.

One thing is certain, there is a Valley of the Shadow of Death, and those who walk it never are returned to walk among the living. Few there are who have witnessed the gross tortures that await those who reject the mercy of God. All who end up there do so under their own private choices. None are "sent" their because of the evil they have done. Instead, they go there because they have chosen the wicked things of this world rather than the mercy of God. Picture yourself aboard the Titanic, only in this case there are plenty of lifeboats and plenty of room in those boats. Those who go to Heaven are those who get in the lifeboats, for our Lifeboat, our Ark of Safety, is Jesus. Yet many there will be who choose to stay aboard the sinking ship. They all have their reasons, some to play another hand of cards, others to riffle the now empty cabins below, others to sing with the musicians, and so on. They refuse to get into the lifeboats, they refuse their chance to be saved from certain death, and because of this they drown. You cannot blame the sea for swallowing up the dead. You cannot blame the lifeboats for not taking them. You can only blame them for making a terrible error in judgment. In the same way death will come to all, and unless we have entered into the Ark of Safety, even Jesus the Christ, they shall surely be swallowed up in death. They had a chance to choose life, but instead they have chosen death.

As a former correctional officer I was able to break this down in legal terms so the inmates might understand this truth. When Jesus died on the cross He took on Him all sins, not just some of them. That means that all we need to do is call out to Him and we will be saved. Yet in that day of judgment many will stand before God and find they must answer to a crime far greater than any they had imagined. For while Jesus took upon Himself all sin, their refusal of accepting this mercy of God in Christ makes them stand before the Great Judge on that day, guilty of the murder of the Son of God. Who among you would not judge against those who have killed your children? In the same way God is not going to turn and show kindness to those who have allowed His Son to die uselessly in their case. They stand before the Almighty without an Advocate. The Devil is the prosecuting attorney, but Jesus is the defense attorney. Think of what it must be like on that day to have all your sins pulled out for all the world to gaze upon. Now think of what it must be like when Jesus says, "I'm sorry your honor, but this one is not My client." You are then left to speak for yourself. What can you say to a perfect and holy God on that day to save you, having refused the salvation He has already sent to you. For these there shall be only one sentence, Eternal death without parole. This is what Daniel sees, and in seeing this has a different view of all mankind. What about you? Have you accepted this gracious gift of salvation from God? Have you obtained the services of Jesus to defend you on that day? Or will you stand naked before the Lord, your sins layed out for all the world to see, and hear Him pass sentence over you, "Sorry, I never knew you"? The choice God leaves up to us that we may respond and our love for Him be made known to all. Yet the wrong choice will show no love, but a hatred that has turned inward devouring us for all time. This Daniel has seen and it changes him forever. Will it change you?












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